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The 23rd World Press Freedom Canada International Editorial Cartoon Competition

The 23rd World Press Freedom Canada International Editorial Cartoon Competition Deadline: April 7, 2023

Theme: Free speech or free for all


The theme for the 23rd International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:

Free speech or free for all

Intimidation and disinformation have become weapons in the arsenal of politicians and those who seek to control the media narrative.

Donald Trump’s rude behaviour and open disdain for rivals, the media and government institutions has encouraged others, such as Jair Borsonaro, to emulate him.

On average, Trump lied twenty times per day on Twitter and Facebook, bypassing mainstream media organizations that are responsible for checking facts.

Social media companies profit by creating algorithms that divide us and reward fear and anger, rather than accurate information.

Has mainstream media been derelict in its mission as it struggles to remain profitable? How can we filter abuse without curtailing free speech? And if that is at all possible, who would moderate the moderators?


Competition rules

Three prizes will be awarded:

First prize worth $1500 plus a Certificate from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Second prize worth $750

Third prize worth $500

All sums are in Canadian dollars. Ten additional cartoons will receive an Award of Excellence, which are not remunerated.

Only one cartoon may be submitted by each participant, either in colour or black and white, but must not have won an award previously.

World Press Freedom Canada reserves the right to use the winning cartoons for promotion of the Cartoon Competition.

The winners of the Cartoon Competition will be announced on World Press Freedom Day on Thursday May 3, 2023 and will be advised by e-mail. 

The winner’s names and their cartoons will be posted on our website.

The deadline for reception of the cartoon is midnight (Eastern Daylight Saving Time), Friday, April 7, 2023.

Please submit your cartoons below.


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